Archive for February, 2016

February 24, 2016

Greek Stuffed Chicken Breast

I found the idea for these here: http://www.primallyinspired.com/greek-inspired-stuffed-chicken-breasts-in-the-crockpot/ They sound amazing and make me hungry, but the thought of handling raw chicken enough to cut a slit and stuff it chases my appetite away again. Just not worth it. But maybe this can be a weekend meal for my husband to make. *hehe* Gluten-free, can easily be dairy-free, fits Feingold (what stage depends on what you stuff it with.)

Greek Inspired Crockpot Stuffed Chicken Breasts

4 – 6 servings

Ingredients:

4 – 6 boneless chicken breasts

1 T olive oil or fat of choice

½ onion, diced

½ red pepper, cut into thin strips

2 pepperoncini peppers, cut into thin strips

6 oz fresh spinach

2 tsp minced garlic

1 ½ tsp fresh oregano or ½ tsp dried oregano

salt and pepper

squeeze of lemon

1 cup chicken stock

1/3 cup feta cheese, if you tolerate dairy. If not, leave out.

(they suggest a half cup of wine. We’ll leave it out as it’s not tolerated well by the Feingold kiddo.)

Optional Toppings: fresh parsley, fresh oregano, or fresh mint, squeeze of fresh lemon

DIRECTIONS:

Cut a deep slit in the middle of one side of each chicken breast so that you form a deep pocket. Generously salt and pepper each side of the chicken and set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat, pour in the olive oil. Cook the peppers (leave out peppers for stage 1 Feingold) and onion for just a minute or two until they are no longer raw. Add in your garlic and spinach and cook just until spinach is wilted. Add in your fresh or dried oregano and an additional pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

If you are using feta, stuff a heaping teaspoon of feta into the pocket of your chicken, making sure to stuff it as far back as you can go. Then spoon equal amounts of spinach/pepper mixture into each chicken breast. Add the stuffed chicken breasts to the crockpot. Squeeze a small splash of fresh lemon juice over the chicken. Add the chicken stock and wine to the crockpot. Cover the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Top with any optional toppings if you wish and serve. Enjoy!

My Additional Notes:
We’ll be filling ours with different things most likely. Obviously the youngest won’t have feta as he’s dairy-free. To keep the cheese from the others off of his, we’ll probably fashion a “boat” out of foil for his and put it on top of the others just in case cheese melts and runs out. I’m also absolutely sure that he and I will be adding diced black olives to ours. Because yum.

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February 24, 2016

Crock pot chicken musakhan

Well, I’m getting ready to take over most of the weeknight suppers (or at least that’s the plan). This means I’m on the hunt for crock pot meals, as my husband is pretty undeniably the better cook (and definitely the one who enjoys it more – anything more than zero would be more, ha!) but I can usually not screw up something in the crock pot. We’ve got a couple that we like already, but I decided to hunt around for new ones to try as well. This one caught my eye – already gluten & dairy free. Stage 2 for Feingold because of the cloves, but those are okay for us. Original recipe found here: http://blog.stuffimakemyhusband.com/2013/07/crock-pot-chicken-musakhan.html

Update: Tried this one. It was weird dumping smells that reminded me of holiday baking in a pot with chicken and onions. I was sure I would end up not liking it. Uh.. wrong. I LOVED it. And so did everyone else, with the exception of maybe Elliot (who is always hit or miss. One day he’ll love something, the next it’s dead to him.)

CROCK POT CHICKEN MUSAKHAN
Serves about 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken (she used thighs, we’ll use breasts)
  • 2 onions, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1.5 Tbs olive oil
  • 0.5 oz (weight) ground sumac
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • Big pinch saffron (optional, but nice)
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the onions, olive oil, sumac, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and saffron. Microwave for 2.5 minutes, stir, then microwave for another 2.5 minutes. If you don’t mind dirtying a pan, you can of course saute the onion and add the spices, I just like this shortcut when I’m using the slow cooker. (This is copied from the link above. I really like this lady. She speaks my language. Easier dishes and not turning on the stove? Sold.)
  2. Dump the chicken into the slow cooker. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Add the onion mixture and stir, nestling the chicken in the onions.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or until done. When ready to serve, saute the pine nuts in a bit of olive oil over medium-high until browned. (And now we have to saute. Well.. it can’t all be perfect.) Finely chop the mint. Taste and add more salt and pepper to the chicken if desired. Serve topped with mint and pine nuts.